Best Surf Fishing Striper Bait?!?!
Posted April 03 2007 - 9:37 PM
Posted April 03 2007 - 10:20 PM
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Posted April 03 2007 - 10:21 PM
Posted April 03 2007 - 10:27 PM
So right now bait would be the most logical choice, but in a month or so, you get to take off the training wheels and try your luck with plugs. They are the true test of how your fishing skills have progressed.
If you stay with bait forever, you will never be one with the force, Luke. good luck - Dark
Posted April 04 2007 - 7:14 AM
Atom 40 Biatch.
Posted April 04 2007 - 7:14 AM
Posted April 04 2007 - 8:52 AM
they're great -- though you dont necessarily need to buy the storm brand. basically any paddle tail soft jig that is of an appropriate color and size (deemed by the fish of course) will work
get withthe program...if you are gonna act like a dick, don't get all butthurt when someone points it out
Posted April 04 2007 - 9:35 AM
You are dating the wrong women
I bring a clam knife to the beach and open my own skimmers when they wash up.
Fresh and you don't have to carry them with you.
Why are the clams you get stinking?
I can freeze and thaw them a couple of times before they get ripe, but I know what you mean.
Posted April 04 2007 - 9:56 AM
Posted April 04 2007 - 10:50 AM
Posted April 04 2007 - 11:23 AM
In the Spring, there is very little bait in the water, and those hungry stripers have red noses from rooting on the bottom. They are eating clam spat and seaworms. They will not look up. This makes a surface lure a poor proposition. Rubber shads or bucktails rule in the Spring. Clams are a good choice, especially when the beach is lined with them after a storm. SANDWORMS often do better IF it hasn't been stormy. A 2/0 baitholder hook, (BRONZE) with a 3 way swivel and a heavy weight is a good way to go. (The fish get your worm on the first strike, and often the heavy weight does the hooking for you ...save the fishfinder rig for cut bait.)
Once the bunker arrive, THEY are the bait of choice. If you can't get to a B&T, go to the fish store and buy herring or mackeral.
After a while, when you want a bit more sport, you might try fooling the fish with a bit of plastic, or a piece of tin. If you're releasing, you get less gut-hooked fish that way. I find it easier to be active, rather than waiting for a bite. Hold your rod in your hand, do not spike it! You have NO IDEA how often your bait is being mouthed and spit out when the rod is in the spike. A technique that has worked for me in baitfishing is to immediately throw some slack when I feel a nibble. Then I watch the belly in the line as it disappears. If it is slow, I will throw more slack until it speeds up, or is about to get too far away for an effective hookset. Fish that are lip hooked fight better than fish with a hook in their belly.
Take it for what it's worth, but I have been fishing a long time. As I look back over the years, every single fish that was memorable, was caught on artificial. (OK, eel's are a "living lure", so they don't count as bait!)
Eels are a good crossover. Use a 4x short shank tuna hook 5/0 and 50# leader material. Under the chin and out the eye. Summer nights. No weight. Just cast and S-L-O-W-L-Y retrieve. You're really just keeping the line just tight enough to feel the weight of the eel (or SOME of it)..THROW SLACK ON THE HIT, throw some more, then, when the line comes tight, SLAM IT.
If you insist on spiking your rod and baitfishing, at least have the decency to use circle hooks!
Posted April 04 2007 - 2:18 PM
I don't touch SW bait anymore. Went porgy fishing with clams off a boat a few years back and stunk like clams for 3 days thereafter.
Posted April 04 2007 - 4:34 PM
Posted April 04 2007 - 9:18 PM
1. What are these plugs you speak of (seriously)? have any pics? How do you work them?
2. Do you find artificial or live eels work the best? How do you hook them and how do you work them?
I'm a newby with bad luck at stripers and great, unintentional luck at skates and sea robins lol !!